Three billions of Ukrainian hryvnias or 120 million U.S. dollars were stolen by a group of tax inspectors during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych. This is according to Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.
Earlier this week police officers arrested the ex-deputy head of Ukraine's State Fiscal Service Andriy Golovach and his accomplices, the former heads of various district tax inspectorates.
He is said to have personally stolen 200 million hryvnias from Ukrainian budget, that is equivalent to more than 80,000 U.S. dollars. Former Ukraine's Minister of Taxes and Duties Oleksandr Klymenko was at the head of the illegal tax gang. He has been hiding from police for more than 2 years by now.
According to Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, those involved in the criminal scheme reimbursed VAT for a fake company. This money was then forwarded further by the instigator - Oleksandr Klymenko. Part of the stolen money was transferred to now ousted president Yanukovych and ex-Prime-Minister Mykola Azarov.
The aforementioned politicians managed to benefit from the criminal schemes before Maidan events in Kyiv and the further resignation of the whole oligarchical clan. In particular, they spent the laundered sums on constructing the scandalous helicopter field for Yanukovych in Kyiv city centre. The Prosecutor General assures minor performers may get sentence mitigation in case they are ready to assist the investigators.
"We expect those officials are interested in assisting the police in investigating the case of Ukraine's budget costs' misappropriation. If they point at those pressing them to commit a crime, I think the court will take it into account,"
Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine's Prosecutor General, said.
Ukraine's Office of Public Prosecutor reports having evidence against ten more former tax inspectors, suspected in cooperation with Yanukovych family. They are to be named in a month.